WORLD DIGESTIVE HEALTH DAY
MAY 29, 2017
10 Tips for People Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Learn about IBD and its signs and symptoms. If you don’t understand issues about your disease, make a list and be sure to ask your health care providers the next time you see them.
- Remember that everyone with IBD is different. There is no “typical case.”
- If you are stressed, anxious, or depressed it may affect your IBD symptoms and if you need help managing your stress or mental health ask for it.
- If you need accommodations at work because of your disease, be sure to ask for them.
- Don’t do more than you can physically manage but don’t do less than your potential just because you have IBD.
- Ask your health care providers what your medications are for, what side effects there might be and how long you should expect to use them.
- Once you have decided on a treatment make sure you follow through; if medications have been prescribed, take them regularly as prescribed.
- Some medications need to be continued even when you are well; their purpose is to keep you well.
- Do not smoke, especially if your diagnosis is Crohn’s disease – smoking is known to worsen Crohn’s disease.
- If you have ulcerative colitis, you may need regular colonoscopies to screen for cancer – ask your health care providers if this applies to you
Many take for granted the role our stomach, bowels and organs play in healthy digestion of our food. When trouble arises, it can cause severe dysfunction, pain, embarrassment and impact your daily life.
We have several providers board-certified in gastroenterology, with years of experience with digestive diseases. We provide colon and rectal surgery, equipped with robotic and minimally-invasive techniques. We also provide Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication for effective treatment of GERD.
We can work with you in a safe, comfortable environment to get you the relief you need. We can help you diagnose the problem, counsel about dietary needs and help you restore your quality of life.
Our digestive services include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Colonoscopy screening
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Colon Cancer
- Esophageal disorders
- Pancreatic disorders
- Gastroesophageal (or gastric) reflux disease (GERD)
- Hepatitis B&C
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Liver disorders
- Colon and rectal surgery